Rob Report: Penn State

A roundup of news and notes from Iowa's 24-23 upset of No. 3 Penn State on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

IOWA CITY, Iowa. -

All-Dress Up: Iowa players in uniform for Penn State -

QB - Christensen, Wienke, Vandenberg, McNutt, Stanzi

RB - O'Meara, Hampton, Robinson, Brinson, Greene, Murphy, Oberland, Morse, Leppert, White, Steinbrecher, McLaughlin,

WR - Stross, Chaney, DJK, Brodell, Sandeman, Nordmann, Kuchel, Prater, Evans, McNutt, Staggs,

TE - Reisner, Moeaki, Myers, Sabers, Herman, Spading, Griggs, Furlong, Gimm

OL - Calloway, Koeppel, Doering Eubanks, Meade, Haganmann, Gettis, Postler, Bulaga, Zusevics, Tobin, McMillian, Reiff, Vandervelde, Olsen,

DL - Daniel, Semmes, Klug, Nardo, Bigach, Daniels, Blum, Clayborn, Binns, King, Narinskiy, Ballard, Kroul,

LB - Donatell, Hunter, Nielsen, McGrath, Staten, Tarpinian, Edds, Coleman, Davis, Angerer, Tillison, Olson.

DB - Spievey, Bernstine, Sash, Castillo, Herbst, Cato, Gardner, Prater, Fletcher, Nielsen, Swanson, Rowell, Morow, Conklin, Lowe

Special Teams - Murphy, Schulze,Murray, Mossbrucker, Donahue.

INJURY REPORT: Clayborn started at defensive end after coming off the bench in the last to games. He injured his ankle at Indiana.

Olsen returned to his starting right guard spot after missing the Illinois game with a ankle sprain.


-Iowa won the opening toss and elected to defer for the first time since Michigan State in 2003.

-The Hawkeyes applied early pressure on Clark. Ballard hit him on the first play of the game. Kroul hit him on the second play. Clayborn connected on the third play, causing a sack and fumble.

-The referees on the field said Penn State recovered the ball, although it looked on replays like Ballard got it. The call on the field was upheld by the replay booth, however. Iowa ended up scoring after getting the ball deep in visitor territory after a short punt.

-Brent Greenwood was called for a pass interference in the end zone on a third down. It set up Penn State at a first-and-goal at the two. The Iowa defense held the Lions to a field goal, with Ballard, Clayborn and Klug all applying good pressure to Clark.

-Penn State held a time of possession advantage of 23:34 to 6:26 in the first half. But Iowa came back to hold a 17:46-12:16 edge after halftime and limited the opponent to 86 yards after the intermission.

-Drew Gardner made a big play on special teams in the third quarter. Williams looked to be getting into the clear when the Iowa backup cornerback caught a piece of the returner's foot to trip him up.

-Penn State running back Evan Roster said his team may have underestimated the Hawkeyes. His teammate Deon Butler disagreed.

-Iowa became bowl eligible for the eighth year in a row.

-Murray's game-winner is thought to be the first one in the final minute since Nate Kaeding knocked one through to win the 2001 Alamo Bowl.

-Iowa has now won six of the last seven meetings with Penn State. The Hawkeyes are now 11-10 all-time against PSU, including a 4-7 mark in Kinnick.

-Kroul started his 47th consecutive game on Saturday, the longest streak in the Big Ten and the third longest in the FBS. He's one short of Iowa's record of 48 set by Bruce Nelson.

-Sash's interception pushed Iowa's total to 17 this season. The Hawkeyes entered the day ranked third nationally in that category.

-Penn State's 19-play, 71-yard, 9:43 drive in the first quarter was their longest of the season.

-Royster's 26 carries were a career high.

-Iowa was 7 of 10 on third downs Saturday, while the Lions finished 6 of 14.

-Hunter, Angerer, and Greenwood paced Iowa with 12 tackles apiece. Edds added 11 stops. The Hawkeyes rolled up seven tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries.

-Penn State forced Clark into a 9-for-23 passing for 86 yards and a pick.

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